Dear Rose: (First of all please forgive my english.. it's quite limited..my native language is spanish)
It was nice to me read your letter, because as maybe you have noted, thereare not many Arru around the world, so each time I contact one,I can not avoid to feel like contacting a relative.
My grandfather Salvatore Arru Meloni, like your grandfather, came from Sardinia to Chile (actually first stayed some months in Venezuela and Brazil) around 1930, and some couple of year later he got married with Ida Dominguez and they had 3 sons. The younger (Antonio) was my father who died in 1971 of cancer when I was2 year old. Two year later my grandfather died too. So as you can imagine I had a lot of questions about my roots which did not have answers. Some of that questions were answered by my two uncles, wich tell me more stories about my grandfather staying here. Unfortunatly my grandfather did not tell to then about his life at Sardinia and appearly He alsodid not have a lot contact with his relatives at Sardinia.. I guess that was because it was not to easy as today..
From relatives at Italy, my uncles just had contact wit one of my grandfather’s brother: Antonio Maria. He wrote letter to my uncles until 1987, the last year we had news from him. But fortunately, in his last letterhe described our whole direct family, starting from my grandfather’ parents, who were: Antonio Giuseppe Arru and Isabella Meloni: They had8 sons: Antonio, Salvatore (my grandfather),Nino, Maria, Peppina, Pasqua, Gerolama and Antonio Maria ( in that order). He also included an description of the sons of each one.
As you can until here we don’t have names in common, but I insist that it’s higly probably we could came from the same roots, to say thatI consider the fact that since i started to search (mainly using internet) most Arru are from Sardinia, and the other are descendents fromSardinian too.And the other fact is that Sardinia is an Island,soI really believe that all Arru there must have something in common.. Don’t you think so?
Well I promise you ifI get more information I let you know..